DuPont Safety Manager Offers Tips to Help Business Owners Promote Safer Workplaces
David Wright of Middleburg was in Tampa recently as a featured presenter to the Florida Minerals and Chemistry Council Annual Safety Conference.p Wright, the Safety, Health and Environmental manager of the DuPont Florida plant, presented on the topic of “The Evolution of Safety at DuPont: Zero Injuries are Attainable.”
Employees of the DuPont Florida plant were recently awarded the “Sentinels of Safety” designation for outstanding workplace safety performance by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA). This is the 18th time the DuPont Florida mine has received the award.
In addition to sharing DuPont’s safety experience, Wright gave practical advice that Florida business owners can use to make their workplaces safer. These tips are presented in the attached fact sheet and suitable for publication. (See below for Fact Sheet)
“It was an honor for me and for DuPont to be recognized by the Florida Minerals and Chemistry Council by being asked to present at the annual conference,” Wright said. “If the presentation helps one Florida business prevent one workplace injury, it will have been well worthwhile.”
The DuPont Florida plant began operation in 1948 and today employs 180 people. DuPont has developed the safest and most environmentally responsible way to extract specialty minerals which are used to manufacture beneficial products. Products include ilmenite ore for the production of titanium dioxide brightening pigment; zircon sand for precision casting; and staurolite for abrasive surface cleaning. DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.
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Promoting a Safe Workplace Culture: Zero Injuries Are Attainable
By David Wright, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, DuPont Florida Plant
Whether you manage a Fortune 100 Company or own a small business with just a few employees, safety can pay big dividends. Surveys by the Gallup Organization show that a safer workplace is more profitable and more productive than an unsafe workplace. In addition, employers can save big money in lost wages and medical bills when they help their employees go home to their families safely at the end of the day. Safety isn’t just good for business; it’s also the right thing to do.
Here are six things business owners and managers can do to make their workplaces safer.
Safety Starts at the Top – How can you ask your employees to work safely if you don’t set the example? Leaders have a special obligation to obey safety rules, never take shortcuts, and model the behavior they expect from their teams. At DuPont we call that “Walking the Talk.”
Communicate Clear Safety Goals – Show your people that safety is important by setting clear, measurable goals, and making them very public in your workplace. You know it’s working when everyone can explain the safety goal when asked.
Train People and Give Them the Right Tools – The reason for many common workplace injuries is inadequate training and poor quality or lacking equipment and tools. Remove these potential hazards by making sure everyone is properly trained and equipment needs are addressed promptly.
Everyone is Responsible for Safety – Safety isn’t the exclusive responsibility of management, or the safety department. Everyone should feel responsibility for their safety and that of their team members. Make it happen by giving everyone the license to correct unsafe behavior or stop an unsafe job.
Get People Involved and Listen to Their Ideas – Take the important step from “complying with safety rules” to “passionate advocates for a safe workplace” by getting people involved in safety committees, projects and recognition events. When employees have ideas to make the workplace safer, act on those ideas, or better yet, empower them to make the needed changes.
Take Safety Home With You – Injuries off the job are just as costly as on-the-job injuries, in terms of pain and suffering and business impact. Encourage your team to keep up their safety focus whether they’re at work or enjoying recreational activities or doing home repairs. That’s why at DuPont we say, “Safety First, Every Day, At Home and At Work!”
If you’d like to learn more about the DuPont’s award-winning safety programs, and how they can be used in your workplace, read about the DuPont Safety Resources Business at http://www.florida.dupont.com .